Europe's largest port operating at pre-COVID-19 levels
After a time of unparalleled instability in the container shipping industry due to the effects of COVID-19, the largest port in Europe, the Port of Rotterdam is showing signs of recovery.
The port data indicates that on May 13, the port reported ship calls comparable to the same day as in 2019, although a storm may have led to sheltering some vessels at the port that day
“We are now operating at pre-COVID-19 levels, although the container volumes are lower because of blank sailings, we are ready for when the markets recover,” Hans Nagtegaal, Head of Containers stated.
The port also announced it has reduced the frequency of COVID-19 port consultation committee meetings from daily meetings to once a week. The committee expects, however, to continue to track the situation closely, and to issue reports.
The decision was taken following a period of calm about the effects that the virus had on port and field activities.
Cruiseport Rotterdam has done its fair share to facilitate the repatriation of cruise crews, which have been heavily affected by the ongoing pandemic.
It is estimated that more than 100,000 crew members are currently stranded at sea, while plans are still being determined for their symbol.
On May 18, the port welcomes MS Norwegian Star to the Holland Amerikakade, Cruiseport Rotterdam.
The Port welcomed three cruise ships last week to repatriate Holland America Group crew members. This group includes the cruise lines Seabourn and Princess, in addition to Holland America Line (HAL).
The ships included Sky Princess with around 100 HAL crew members who wanted repatriation, Nieuw Statendam with 100 crew members on board, and Seabourn Ovation with about 150 crew members on board.
Maritime Business World